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[kree] /kri/
noun, plural Crees (especially collectively) Cree.
a member of a North American Indian people of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Montana.
an Algonquian language, the language of the Cree Indians. Unabridged
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  • Nor were the consequences of this raid less disastrous to the whole Cree nation.

    The Great Lone Land W. F. Butler
  • White Antelope, the kindly, peaceable Cree, who had not an enemy on the reservation!

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • But neither Le Forgeron nor the Cree roused enough to think of the prisoner.

    The Island of Yellow Sands E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • Why should he be made to suffer because his grandmother was an Indian—the daughter of a Cree chief?

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • The Dog turned from the Cree brave and his eye swept the company.

  • The man spoke in patois French, the woman in her native Cree language.

    The Buffalo Runners R.M. Ballantyne
  • In 1709 appeared an estimate that there were not less than a million members of the Cree Nation.

    The Great Company Beckles Willson
British Dictionary definitions for Cree


(South Wales & Southwest English, dialect) temporary immunity from the rules of a game: said by children
Word Origin
of unknown origin


(pl) Cree, Crees. a member of a Native American people living in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba
the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family
a syllabic writing system of this and certain other languages
Word Origin
from first syllable of Canadian French Christianaux, probably based on Ojibwa Kenistenoag (tribal name)
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Word Origin and History for Cree

1744, from phonetic rendering of Canadian French Cris, short for Christinaux, from Ojibwa (Algonquian) *kiristino, originally referring to a group in the Hudson Bay region.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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